A Short History
We are very proud that the Fellrunner has been making a positive difference to people's lives for over 30yrs.
The Fellrunner organisation has had several former guises in its history, starting as The Langwathby Minibus Scheme, then The Langwathby and District Minibus Committee, The Fellrunner Village Bus Committee and now the Fellrunner Village Bus Limited.
Fellrunner services were launched in December 1979 after two years of planning by the local community, Cumbria County Council and Voluntary Action Cumbria. The first bus was a 17-seater Ford Transit minibus leased from the County Council, but since 1996 the buses have been owned by the Fellrunner.
In the early days the bus ran through the East Fellside villages, providing a feeder service to connect with the Ribble services from Langwathby to Penrith and Carlisle.
Since the withdrawal of all commercial services, the Fellrunner itself has provided scheduled services from the Fellside to both Penrith and Carlisle. These have been supplemented by private hire excursions.
In 1999 it was decided that it would be beneficial to have two buses in order to extend the scheduled service to other villages - in the Lyvennet Valley on Tuesday and to Calthwaite, and Blencow on Friday. In 2004 a third bus was purchased and an extra Wednesday route was added for Ainstable, Croglin and Renwick. Services have been further extended in recent years to assist in those areas where commercial services have withdrawn, for example, Skelton, Wreay, Burnbanks, Bampton and Askham.
We currently operate three minibuses, two 17seat Mercedes Sprinters and a 15seat Fiat Ducato on timetabled services across the Eden valley area. We operate Tuesday to Saturday every week of the year, weather permitting! We have a team of about 30 volunteers who keep the Fellrunner service going, there are no paid staff, and we are very proud of the contribution the Fellrunner makes to our local community.